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Series Preview: Round Four with The Brewers

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Another series with the Milwaukee Brewers takes place this weekend at PNC with the Pirates having won six of their last ten games. Milwaukee is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and winning just four of their last ten.

The Brewers have a significant edge against the Pirates so far this year, winning eight out of the ten games they’ve played.

Milwaukee is currently tied with the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central, a game and a half ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh is in fourth place and a half game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. However, both teams are just a few games behind the current division front-runners.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 EST

Schedule

Friday, 7:05 p.m — Steven Brault (3-1, 4.29 ERA) vs. Zach Davies (7-2, 3.24 ERA)
TV: AT&T SportsNet-PIT

Saturday, 4:05 p.m. — Trevor Williams (3-4, 4.54 ERA) vs. Adrian Houser (2-2, 3.26 ERA)
TV: FOX

Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — Joe Musgrove (6-7, 4.13 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (4-2, 4.31 ERA)
TV: AT&T SportsNet-PIT

All games EST

Brewers Notes

Offense

-Eric Thames has the hot bat for Milwaukee, hitting .310 with three home runs and five RBIs. He’s getting on base at a .375 clip but has also holds a 34.4% strikeout rate in his last 32 plate appearances.

-MVP candidate Christian Yelich has had a tough nine game stretch that sees him hitting just .212 with a .238 BABIP. He’s still getting on base fairly regularly (.305 OBP) with a decent 105 wRC+

-Catcher Yasmani Grandal is drawing a good amount of walks in his last ten games (21.6%) but he’s also hitting a paltry .103 with an even worse .259 wOBA.

Pitching

-Despite being the second-most winning pitcher on the staff, Davies has struggled in his last four starts prior to a decent outing against the Pirates on the 30th. He allowed one run on six hits in 5.1 innings, gaining a no decision. Davies has allowed six earned runs on 21 hits with 2-1 K/BB rate in 18.1 innings pitched against the Pirates.

-The 26-year-old Houser will make his fifth start of 2019 on Saturday in Pittsburgh. The rookie has appeared twice against the Pirates, both in relief, throwing three innings with no runs allowed, four strikeouts, and three walks. His last two starts have been bad, accumulating seven innings pitched and giving up six runs on ten hits with a 3-2 K/BB ratio.

-Anderson will make his third start against Pittsburgh in 2019 and both prior outings were pretty good. Back on May 30th in Pittsburgh, Anderson went five innings and gave up two runs off of six hits with five strikeouts as he earned the victory. His last start against the Bucs in early June was a six-inning no-decision which yeilded two runs off of four hits. Anderson struck out six hitters and gave up just one walk.